Health Problems - West Highland White Terriers & Schnauzers
Are you having problems with your dog's skin or other health issues? These are the pages of the Little Foxes, whose main goal is getting the right treatment for your dog's allergy or skin infections
- Skin sores
- Scabby sores with pus
- Staph Infections
- Yeast infections
- Foot Injuries
- Paw Problems
- Hot Spots
- Licking paws
- Allergies from food
Dog Skin Sores can be small blisters to red spots that crust over and ooze a slightly yellow fluid.
They spread rapidly and are very hard to eradicate. I have found only medication and skin therapy works.
Sores or "hot spots" can sometimes be bacterial infections such as staph.
Treating and dealing with dog sores on skin and infections can be frustrating.
Sores on dogs:
Many times the cause of dog sores is an allergic reaction to contact with toxins but in their particular case they are bacterial infections, which only treatment will eradicate.
These sores look like the photo to the left. This is the beginning of a staph infection.
You can see that they are small red and very numerous sores on the belly and on the underside of the tail. In about 24 hours a scab forms and seals the infection.
You have to get under that scab and treat the sore with antibiotics or a topical cream for infections that should be placed on the sore after the scab has been removed.
Usually your vet will give you antibiotics and that usually works. Sometimes it does no good. Be sure to ask your vet before you do this because you want to be safe rather than sorry. Also ask for a skin scraping to determine what is causing the sores.
One other test is needed and that is a test to see which antibiotic will be most effective in treating this condition. Many will not work on your dog for a variety of reasons, so it is in the best interest to pin point which med will work, instead of trying every antibiotic and having them fail. It costs you money and the vet is taking it.
I hear so many dog owners say that their pet has dog sores all over their body and it is very hard to control and heal.
They say that they begin looking like a red spot, which then becomes larger with a scab that forms on the sore. These dog sores will not go away in time. They just get worse.
Underneath the sore is puss and an extremely infectious serum that can produce numerous infections taking over the body in just a few hours.
I have to relate to you what happened to my dog when I was trying to heal her sores that were on her body.
Just before bedtime I washed my dog and she had about 15 infectious spots on her belly. The vet told me to shave the area so that it would stay dry. So I took my clippers and shaved the area as he had told me to do.
My mistake was not giving her another bath in medicated shampoo after the clipping. Once the skin has been shaved the sores becomes open to infection. Bacteria gets into the shaved skin and just makes it multiply with sores all over the body. I counted the spots and gave up after 100. It was overwhelming to have to medicate each one of these sores on her skin..
The next morning her entire torso was covered in hundreds of spots. I had started out with 15 and now there were hundreds. I immediately gave her a bath and smeared Panalog cream over her entire stomach area from the chest all the way to her tail.
I was amazed how fast the cream worked and so were glad that it did.
Ther infection is so viral. It can spread like wild fire.
These infections should be treated by your vet because he will probably prescribe an antibiotic, either orally or topically
Dog infections often develop in moist warm areas. Under matted hair is a perfect place for bacteria to find a home and multiply.
The areas that seems to attract the bacteria is the tail area, under the legs where they meet the body, the belly and stomach area, the genitals and around the mouth.
What all these have in common is that they are moist areas which encourages the bacteria to thrive. Keep these areas dry and the bacteria does not have a perfect place to grow.
These sores make your canine miserable. They itch and hurt. Putting a veterinary antibiotic cream on each sore helps soothe them and they will feel better.
Staph Infections are sometimes very hard to eradicate.
Sometimes dogs lick the sores which keep them moist, which is what you don't want, and then it spreads the sores to other parts of the body. With my terriers they have very long and dense coats. When the allergies are their worse, in Spring, I usually shave down my dogs so that I can see where the problem is on and take care of it. Sometimes, not all the time, but at times there will be some dogs that nothing will help except baths and antibiotics that only work for a little while on.
I do not like to use Elizabethan collars but at times it will be your only choice.
There are some dogs that develop an resistance to all antibiotics. The vet will usually prescribe Cyclosporine or Prednisone along with an antibiotic. These two very powerful drugs can help your dog but can also cause liver damage so be sure to talk to your vet about the side effects of Cyclosporine on your dog.
Dog Paw Sores
Another dog sores are really yeast infections which you can read more about here. Yeast can over take your dog's skin, leading to more and more outbreaks of sores. Your vet can give you meds for the yeast but the main thing is to keep your dog's skin in the correct ph so that the yeast can't live in that environment. Dogs with yeast allergies show signs of reddish fur on their paws and chin.
Read more about sores and staph infections, continued here.
Most of our family pets are just that, family. We wouldn't feed unhealthy meals to one of our family. So why do we buy into this multi-million dollar industry that produces extruded, rancid grease encrusted meat byproducts for our best friends.
Use homemade recipes to make hypoallergenic Dog Food for your pet.
Caring for a pet that has food allergy.
If your dog has allergies then of course you must decide whether you want to make your own dog food meals or search for the right food for your pet.
Remember your dog will have different needs as he grows older and a dog that has never had pet food allergies may suddenly become allergic to something..
Most allergies are caused by grains and the additives found in canned or dry chow.
Allergies from food was the first diagnosis for my dog, Spooky boy and it was after a very serious procedure called scoping.
That's when we found out my boy had a stomach disease that could not be treated, not even surgery - we tried many recipes and supplements but for most of his life he was never fully fed and was always thin.
Treatment and causes of allergies from dog food in todays canine - If you have a pet that's unwell please take him or her to the vet for a checkup. But if your vet tells you that your canine has skin or an allergy, read on.
Terriers seem to be the most allergic dogs on the planet and I will show you the problems and the solutions that vets have encouraged.
Making dog food at home; An Overview
Making my allergies recipes is not that difficult!
Many times this collection has been suggested by a veterinarian to give to a pet who is unwell. Pay attention to your pets health: his weight, activity level, skin and coat quality.
Does he seem bored or lethargic? Does he bring you his favorite toy? All are signs he is just not as energetic as he should be. Making your pets meal might be helpful.
If these are not maintaining or improving, consult your veterinarian. Essentially your pet should be eating what he would be getting in nature. The list below gives you an idea of the specific foods needed for good health and no allergies.
- Meat protein
- Bone meal
- Oil (Omega 3 and 6 are good)
When you start making his dinner, remember this list of items because they are important.
The importance of variety:
Cannot be over stressed. (This applies to any and all diets and recipes!) Do not get in the habit of feeding just one recipe.. How would you like to eat Hamburgers for the rest of your life? Pretty boring, eh?
Making a large batch
Mix protein, starch source (if applicable), oil, vegetables, and bone meal together. Freeze in serving-sized portions. The other supplements should be added fresh at each serving.
My dog loves his dog food when I add cooked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and potato.
The vitamin-mineral supplement:
You can use a specially made pet vitamin supplement, such as Pet Tabs. There are many good animal supplements available today that can be found at your local feed store or health food store. Ask your Vet about what he/she recommends.
Bone meal must be in an edible form. Get it from the health store.
Bone meal is a must. They love to munch on legs and ribs! Have you ever seen a happier sight than your canine with his bone? If your dog cannot eat these from the butcher give them a good human grade quality bone meal. I get mine from the health food store. Measure according to weight. Do not use the type intended for gardening or plants.
Probiotics include acidophilus and other "good" bacteria.
They help maintain your companion animal's normal bacterial population and prevent colonization by disease-causing bacteria. Digestive enzymes are important to keep the pancreas from being overworked and to aid digestion so your dog gets the greatest benefit from the chow he/she eats.
Meat may be fed cooked or raw.
While many holistic veterinarians recommend feeding raw instead of making and cooking it, there are potential risks to your pet's health from bacterially contaminated protein. So it must be cooked to well done to counteract the effects of any bacteria in the protein.
Please discuss this issue with your veterinarian before feeding raw . If feeding raw, it is recommended that it should be frozen for 72 hours at -4 degrees F prior to use.
Most proteins can be refrozen one time safely, so once you mix the meal, it can be put back in the freezer until thawed for feeding. Always follow standard safe handling procedures.
With any food change, go slowly. A canines tastes and digestive system need time to accommodate new ingredients.
Too rapid a change may result in diarrhea, vomiting, refusal to eat, or other problems.
This is especially important with older animals and sick animals.
Start by adding 2 tablespoons of the new meal to your dogs food. Slowly increasing by a tablespoon each day. If you have a giant breed, start by using 1/4 cup of the new meal. Increasing gradually.
I have seen that changing store bought dog food always causes diarrhea, but when I feed my dogs home cooked meals, i.e. chicken breast and Chicken, there are no problems.
Allergies are common throughout the United States. Don't give your dog pet food that will shorten his life.
West Highland White Terriers are known for having allergy problems.
When I bought my puppy home, I thought I had bought the perfect puppy. Then on the third day he got sick. It's been 13 years of Vet visits and $$$.
With vomiting blood, diarrhea and blood in his stools I visited different vets every few months. Could this be dog food causing my Westie to vomit his food?
After $1200.00 dollars in examination, x-rays and drugs, they all told me that it was probably a dog food allergy because they couldn't find anything wrong in the blood work or examination.
They sent me home with a special diet of Duck and potatoes, Venison and potatoes and finally Salmon and potatoes. Nothing worked so they switched me to a hypoallergenic dog food at an exorbitant price. Still my dog would loose his appetite, refuse to eat and vomit bile.
I was at my wits end so I finally went to see a vet in San Mateo who told me he had Colitis along with food allergies. We kept him on the anti-allergy formula but added bran to his diet. He improved and started eating more, gained weight and looked happier.
Westies with pet food allergies like these are all too common. We hope we can give you some hints on how to keep your Westie or any other dog with food allergies in tip top form.
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